The Pilgrims First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovernA beautifully illustrated and age appropriate retelling of the famous Thanksgiving story.
This book isnt just about the three day long First Thanksgiving celebration, though that is chronicled nicely; It is also about the struggles the pilgrims encountered along their journey to the new world. In an age appropriate manner, this tale briefly shares with children the hardships experienced by these first settlers and the triumph of their success. The story isnt told in a very suspenseful or riveting manner, however, it is accurate and does contain a few interesting details. The inclusion of real life comparisons of the size of the Mayflower and what life was like for the children made the book more relevant to young kids.
The full color illustrations are what make this Thanksgiving book stand out. This was an older book that was re-released with updated illustrations by Elroy Freem. Also the way the story is told from a childs perspective gave the details more meaning. Overall, a good introduction to the Thanksgiving story.
The First Thanksgiving: What Really Happened
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Growing up within sight of Boston, Massachusetts meant lots of grade school field trips to the earliest landmarks of America. We looked forward to those excursions because they meant a day out of school. The only downside was the inevitable essay. Back then, I had no love for either history or essays. Go figure!
Remember what you were taught in grade school? Fleeing religious persecution, the Pilgrims sailed from England, landed on Plymouth rock over two months later, barely survived their first winter. With the help of Squanto and the friendly Wampanoag, who taught them how to exploit the local fish and game, plant corn and squash, and also protected them from other hostile tribes, the band of colonists succeeded in establishing a tenuous foothold at the edge of the North American wilderness. The first Thanksgiving in was held to celebrate a bountiful harvest with the tribe that helped make it possible. The real story, it turns out, is neither as simple nor as consoling as this pared down history would suggest. Not that the historians agree on what the real Thanksgiving story is.
All rights reserved. The pilgrims stole from graves, the Wampanoag were devastated by disease, and the peace between them was political. Likely, it was just a routine English harvest celebration. More significant—and less remembered—was the peace treaty that the parties established seven months earlier, which lasted for 50 years. President Abraham Lincoln established Thanksgiving as a national holiday during the Civil War, and the feast has since become an American tradition.
Most American schoolchildren grow up with the story of how the English pilgrims and Native Americans came together for the first Thanksgiving.
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History of Thanksgiving
Much is unknown about the first recorded feast between the Pilgrims and Native Americans in the New World at Plymouth in , as historians have heavily relied on only two primary eyewitness accounts. More than people attended The Wampanoag Indians who attended the first Thanksgiving had occupied the land for thousands of years and were key to the survival of the colonists during the first year they arrived in , according to the National Museum of the American Indian. After the Pilgrims successfully harvested their first crops in autumn , at least people gathered to eat and partake in games, historians say. No one knows exactly what prompted the two groups to dine together, but there were at least 90 native men and 50 Englishmen present, according to Kathleen Wall, a colonial foodways culinarian at Plimoth Plantation. They most likely ran races and shot at marks as forms of entertainment, Wall said. The English likely ate off of tables, while the native people dined on the ground.